Goseong, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets.

Goseong Mayor Ham Myeong-Jun

If you want to help fight the grisly South Korean dog and cat meat trade and make a difference in South Korea, here are a few quick actions you can take that could save millions of dogs and cats each year.

In Goseong, there are countless dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants where the dogs, who are tortured their entire lives, end up being slaughtered in the most inhumane ways, such as by electrocution, hanging or beating; and then thrown into boiling water – sometimes while they are still alive. In many places, dogs are being killed in full view of other terrified, caged dogs; and this takes place in broad daylight. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry, and are subjected to the same cruelty.

A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Goseong’s dog meat demand.

Shown below are two search results on Naver (the most popular search engine in Korea) – the first one was for so-called “Health Food Shops” which commonly sell dog elixirs and cat elixirs (also known as dog soju and cat soju); and the second one was for “dog meat restaurants”.

The searches resulted in dozens of Health Food Shops and dog meat restaurants in the vicinity of Goseong.

Even if half of these ‘Health’ Food Shops and restaurants serve dog and cat ‘ingredients’ in one form or another, just imagine how many dog/cat slaughterhouses must be present in the vicinity of Goseong to supply all of these outlets.

There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for consumption, yet these laws are blatantly ignored.

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    Mayor Ham Myeong-Jun
    Goseong County
    9 Goseongjoongang-gil, Goseong-eup, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do
    Postal Code 24735
    South Korea

    Mayor’s address in Korean:
    함명준 고성군수님
    고성군청
    (24735) 강원도 고성군 간성읍 고성중앙길 9
    South Korea

    Goseong-gun Council
    9 Goseongjoongang-gil, Goseong-eup, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do
    Postal Code 24735
    South Korea

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    고성군의회
    (24735) 강원도 고성군 간성읍 고성중앙길 9
    South Korea

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    Subject: Goseong, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets.

    Petition: Goseong, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets.
    https://www.change.org/p/goseong-mayor-ham-myeong-jun-goseong-south-korea-shut-down-the-illegal-dog-meat-farms-slaughterhouses-and-markets

    Dear Mayor Ham Myeong-Jun and the Goseong-gun Council members,

    Please watch these documentaries, “The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea” (https://youtu.be/cCdTceduKcY) and “Korea’s Dog Cruelty: Dogs Are Innocent.” (https://youtu.be/qIFAI9uyx64).

    We ask you to take immediate action to crack down on the illegal dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants that serve dog meat in your county. We request that an official document be issued, mandating that the following existing Korean laws be enforced by its government officials, police and judges:

    Unauthorized processing of food waste fed to dogs in the meat trade is a violation of the Wastes Control Act, Article 15-2, Article 25, Section 3. Suppliers of food waste and transporters of food waste to dog meat farms are violating this regulation.

    Food waste fed to dogs in the dog meat trade is a violation of the Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act, Article 14, Section 1 & 2. The unauthorized collection of food waste and the act of feeding it to dogs in the meat trade is in violation of this regulation.

    Excrement and resulting environmental damage produced as a by-product of the illegal dog meat farm is a violation of the Act on the Management and Use of Livestock Excreta Article 11. The excrement produced at dog meat farms causes environmental damage to the immediate and surrounding area.

    The act of slaughtering dogs for human consumption is a violation of the Animal Protection Act Article 8, Section 1, Clause 4. The act of slaughtering a dog without a justifiable ground – such as out of necessity for veterinary treatment or in circumstances of immediate threat, harm, or damage to human life or property- is a violation.

    The slaughter of dogs by electrocution is a violation of the Animal Protection Act, Article 8, Section 1, Clause 1. Inflicting injury or death to any animal by the following means: battery by tools, exposure to drugs, exposure to extreme heat or fire, electrocution, and drowning is subject to legal punishment. Therefore, the routine slaughter of dogs by butchers and farmers by these methods is in violation of the Act. Further, electrocution as a method of slaughter is internationally recognized as an inherently cruel method of slaughter and banned globally.

    The slaughter of dogs from an unauthorized slaughterhouse is a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, Article 7 Section 1. The Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, states that dogs are officially recognized and classified as “animals” that are “prohibited from being slaughtered and distributed as food for human consumption”. Therefore, those vendors operating dog slaughterhouses are operating outside of the parameters of the law and in violation of the law.

    The slaughter of dogs for his/her own consumption is a violation of the Animal Protection Act, Article 10. The intent of the Act is to ensure that no animal is slaughtered in a cruel or revolting manner, and shall be free from unnecessary pain, fear, or stress during the process of slaughter. Therefore, the only humane way of slaughtering dogs would be by euthanasia (lethal injection). All currently practiced methods of slaughter by butchers, farmers and traders excludes euthanasia as a method of slaughter, therefore they are all in breach of this Act. This is also a violation of the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act Article 7 Section 1 Clause 2. According to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, the slaughter of animals for their own consumption is allowed only for the livestock animals that are publicly announced as classification of livestock in the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act and dogs are not classified here.

    The display and sale of dog carcasses in traditional outdoor markets is a violation of the Food Sanitation Act, Article 4, 5. Violation of laws banning the sale of harmful food due to the contamination from unsanitary and illegal slaughter of the animal and display of the dog carcass. For example, dog carcasses are routinely contaminated by microorganisms that cause human diseases and food poisoning, leading to severe and life-threatening health complications. There are also strict laws that ban the sale of meat from sick animals. Because there is no quality control or proper monitoring of slaughter practices in the dog meat trade, likely, these laws are routinely violated.

    Dog meat restaurants’ sale of dog meat soup made with dog carcasses from an unknown source violates the Food Sanitation Act Article 44 Section 1 Clause 1. Uninspected livestock products must not be transported, stored, displayed, sold, or used to manufacture or process food for human consumption.

    Please refer to the legal information regarding the dog meat consumption in South Korea published by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates): https://www.ekara.org/activity/against/read/7537, https://koreandogs.org/kara-publishes-legal-information-booklet-ending-dog-meat-consumption/

    The United States House of Representatives has formally passed H.Res. 401, “Calls for an end to the dog and cat meat industry and urges all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade.” (https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-resolution/401)

    International coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained your county’s image. The time to end this tragedy is now. The favor of your reply is requested.

    * Please respond to my petition in both English and Korean language using the Microsoft Word Document. The Hancom word processor program is not used outside of Korea and we cannot open Hancom’s .hwp file.

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    고성군은 불법 개농장, 도축장, 시장, 보신탕집을 폐쇄하라!

    전자청원: 고성군은 불법 개농장, 도축장, 시장, 보신탕집을 폐쇄하라!
    https://www.change.org/p/goseong-mayor-ham-myeong-jun-goseong-south-korea-shut-down-the-illegal-dog-meat-farms-slaughterhouses-and-markets

    함명준 고성군수님과 고성군의회 의원님들께 청원합니다.

    우선 “대한의 육견인들 (https://youtu.be/cCdTceduKcY)” 과 “한국 댕댕이 잔혹사 : 개는 죄가 없다 (https://youtu.be/qIFAI9uyx64)” 라는 다큐멘터리를 참고로 봐주시기 바랍니다.

    고성군은 개고기를 다루는 불법 개농장, 도살장, 시장, 보신탕집, 건강원을 단속하는 즉각적 조치를 취하기를 촉구합니다. 또한 한국정부, 경찰청, 사법기관이 아래와 같은 기존 한국법 시행을 요구하는 공식문서를 발급할 것을 요청합니다.

    – 개의 사육단계에서 식용견 사료용으로 음식쓰레기를 무단처리하는 것은 폐기물 관리법 제 15조의 2, 제 25조 3항 위반입니다. 음식물쓰레기 배출자와 운반자들은 이 의무규정을 위반하고 개농장주에게 음식쓰레기를 제공하고 있습니다.

    – 허가 없이 음식쓰레기를 수집/운반하여 개에게 급여하는것은 사료관리법 제 14조 1항 및 2항의 위반입니다.

    – 불법으로 난립된 개농장에서 배출되는 분뇨로 인한 환경위해는가축분뇨법 제 11조의 위반입니다. 개농장의 배설물은 인근 지역 환경 피해를 유발합니다.

    – 식용하기 위한 개도살은 동물보호법 제 8조 1항 4호의 위반입니다. 개도살은 수의학적 처치의 필요나 동물로 인한 사람의 생명, 신체, 재산의 피해를 입은 경우 같은 정당한 사유 없이 동물을 죽이는 행위로 명백한 법 위반 행위입니다.

    – 전기감전으로 개를 도살하는 행위는 동물보호법 제 8조 1항 1호의 위반입니다. 도구, 약물 또는 열, 전기, 물을 이용한 상해 행위마저 법적 처벌의 대상인 만큼 당연히 상기 방법에 의한 도살 행위는 위법이며 특히 전기도살은 그 잔인함으로 인해 국제적으로 금지되고 있습니다.

    – 무허가 도살장에서 개를 도살하는 행위는 축산물 위생관리법 제 7조 1항 위반입니다. 개는 축산물 위생관리법에서 규정한 ‘도살, 식육으로의 유통이 불가능’한 동물로서 허가받은 도살장이 존재할수가 없습니다. 따라서 개 도살장을 운영하는 공급업체는 법의 매개 변수를 벗어나 법을 위반하고 있는 것입니다.

    – 자가소비를 목적으로 개를 도살하는 행위는 동물보호법 제 10조와 축산물 위생관리법 제 7조 1항 2호의 위반입니다. 모든 동물은 잔인한 방법으로 도살되어서는 안되는데, 개도살의 경우 인도적인 방법은 약물주사 외에는 없으므로 현재 한국에서 자행되는 모든 식용 목적 개도살은 잔인한 도살에 해당합니다. 축산물 위생관리법의 ‘자가소비를 위한 도살 허용’은 고시로 정한 축산물 위생관리법상 가축에 한하며 개는 해당사항이 없습니다.

    – 재래시장에서 개의 지육을 전시/판매하는 행위는 식품위생법 제4, 5조의 위반입니다. 불결한 불법도축과 지육 전시과정에서의 오염으로 ‘위해식품 등의 판매금지’ 조항에 위배됩니다. 개의 지육이 병을 일으키는 미생물에 오염된 경우 인체의 건강을 해칠 우려가 있습니다. 또 유기견이나 개농장의 병든 개체가 도살돼 판매될 가능성을 배제하지 못하므로 ‘병든 동물의 고기 등의 판매금지’ 조항에 위배됩니다.

    – 보신탕집에서 출처 불명의 개고기를 이용한 보신탕을 판매하는 행위는 식품위생법 제44, 1항 1호의 위반입니다. 검사를 받지 않은 축산물은 운반, 보관, 진열, 판매하거나 식품의 제조, 가공에 사용해서는 안됩니다.

    동물권행동 카라의 개식용에 관한 법적 정보 “개식용 종식을 위한 법규 안내집이 발간되었습니다!”를 참조하십시오.
    (https://www.ekara.org/activity/against/read/7537)

    미국 하원은 공식적으로 결의안 H.Res 401 “개와 고양이 식용산업을 종식시키고 모든 국가가 개와 고양이식용를 금지할 것을 촉구한다.”를 통과시켰습니다. (https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-resolution/401)

    고성군에서 자행되는 잔인한 개/고양이 식용산업에 대한 외신 보도가 고성군의 이미지를 크게 추락시키고 있습니다. 이 비극을 끝낼 때입니다! 고성군의 회신을 요청드립니다.

    * 청원 답변은 한글과 영어로 마이크로소프트 워드 파일로 보내주시기 바랍니다. 한콤 .hwp파일은 외국에서는 사용하지않으며 오픈할수 없습니다.

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Video: Appalling Reality of South Korea’s Illegal Dog Farms (불법 개농장 참혹한 현실 – 제보자들 20200610)

Video: The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea

Video: Cruelty during transport. Korean Animal Welfare Association (KAWA)

Video: South Korea’s horrific dog slaughter. Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE)

  1. Martha Grünewald
    Martha GrünewaldNovember 18,18

    Please please Stopp the horobile for Animals, that’s all ja bot Human, that’s make my Sick, that’s heartbreaking so HOROBILE THE HORROR FOR ALL ANIMALS.. Please help and Ending..

  2. Sherie
    SherieNovember 19,18

    The world is watching your sickening dog and cat meat trade , the cruelty you inflict on these creatures is beyond revolting .

  3. kate cassidy
    kate cassidyNovember 19,18

    Free the dogs. Thay are not food!!!!!

  4. Lin Kristian
    Lin KristianNovember 20,18

    Please stop this cruel, inhumane treatment of these animals. They are sentinent beings not food. The cruelty that you inflict on these animals is beyond discusting!

  5. Mitzi Spallas
    Mitzi SpallasApril 1,19

    You will NEVER be taken seriously as a modern industrialized city as long as you participate in cruel old fashioned customs. Your country will never have the respect you want as long as barbaric practices like this continue. Most modern cities in the world look down on eating dogs and cats. Dogs have over and over been shown to have high intellect, rescuing and protecting owners, serving in the military and with police. How can you feel it’s ok to use sentient creatures like this for food? Please stop this disgusting practice NOW.

  6. Rosa Serrat
    Rosa SerratSeptember 10,20

    Do not eat dogs !!!! Dogs are best friends of people.

  7. Romina
    RominaSeptember 10,20

    Lasciate stare gli animali, assassini maledetti!!!!

  8. Karolina
    KarolinaSeptember 11,20

    Stop killing dogs

  9. Astrid
    AstridSeptember 11,20

    Stop this hideous barbaric cruel unnecessary trade. Why does it always have to go pared with cruelty too? That’s so bad!!!

  10. Dana Orságová
    Dana OrságováSeptember 11,20

    help !!! save all dogs and cats !!! stop suffering !! help please !! stop killing and torture !!!

  11. Cheryl Knight Lockhart
    Cheryl Knight LockhartSeptember 14,20

    Stop the brutality of these creatures NOW. You have terrorised these innocent dogs too long. It is time for KOrea to come to their senses and STOP murdering the dogs in your country.

  12. Lilia Birleson
    Lilia BirlesonFebruary 12,21

    This has got to stop NOW and disgusting what you are allowing to happen in your Country the brutality of innocent Animals please stop this cruelty to animals NOW

  13. Liliaeileen@gmail.com
    [email protected]September 16,21

    We have to keep fighting for these poor defenseless animals. Dogs and cats were not put on this earth to be tortured and abused. They were not put on this earth for human consumption. We have to end this MURDER of innocent Animals.

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